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Mata: We've reached new level

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata says Roberto Di Matteo has played a key role in bringing out his best form by giving the players freedom to express themselves.

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Juan Mata: Says Chelsea's style has helped him deliver his best form

Juan Mata: Says Chelsea's style has helped him deliver his best form

While the Blues, who face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, won the UEFA Champions League last season, their brand of football was far from universally admired.

That has changed this season, though, with former Valencia man Mata at the heart of their new dynamic style.

"I think the football we're playing has taken the club, and my game, to a different level," Mata told the Daily Mirror.

"We are playing the kind of football I have always loved to play, with freedom up front, all of us trying to pass and create with quality."

Mata has been impressed by the way Di Matteo has motivated the players since taking charge, initially on an interim basis, midway through last season.

The Spaniard said: "His speeches in team meetings are very clever. And it's true that he knows how to go into each player. He talks with each of us about our rivals and how important it is to win trophies for this club.

"With me, he always gave me confidence. Of course, when you are playing well you don't need that. But when you are in a bad moment, you do need it, and Robbie knows when he has to say something and always gave that to me."

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